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  • Bahadur Era Ended
    Bahadur Era Ended December 27 2019
    Another era of the Indian Air Force / IAF inventory has come to an end. Bahadur period was closed in the IAF, which was frequently brought up by accident / incident events. The Indian MiG-27ML (NATO Code: Flogger), which has been in service since 1985, recently retired with a ceremony. The last unit using this aircraft in force was the No. 29 Scorpion Squadron located in the west part of the country. The MiG-27s, which made its maiden flight at August 20, 1970 have a varia...
  • First Griffon Delivered July 5 2019
      France's first Griffon 6×6 multirole armoured vehicle was procured to the French Army at a ceremony held at the facility where it was produced. France has placed a total order of 1,872 Griffons under the SCORPION programme, which was launched in 2014, and is France’s plan to modernise the French Army’s ageing vehicle fleet. The Griffon is one of the three key new vehicles of the Scorpion programme, along with the Jaguar and the Serval which ren...
  • Strategic Cooperation Result: 382 Griffon and 60 Jaguar July 1 2019
      The intergovernmental strategic cooperation agreement between the Government of the France and Belgium on their cooperation in the field of land mobility, came into force on June 21. This contract calls for the delivery to the Belgian Army of 382 Griffon multi-role armoured vehicles and 60 Jaguar data-driven reconnaissance and combat vehicles between 2025 and 2030, both of which are developed by a consortium formed of Nexter, Thales and Arquus. These vehicles will b...
  • Otokar Unveils Modern Electric Armorer Vehicle
    Otokar Unveils Modern Electric Armorer Vehicle April 24 2019
    Otokar has unveiled for the first time its newest electric armoured vehicle; Akrep II (Scorpion). Otokar General Manager Serdar Görgüç said that the Turkish company has been taking bold steps to the goal of becoming a global brand in the defence industry; Otokar takes its claim in the defence industry to a new level with the new generation of Akrep II. Akrep II has a modular platform so that it could be adapted to different mission. The baseline ...
  • France will be Up-Armored with Scorpion
    France will be Up-Armored with Scorpion August 7 2018
    France has decided to increase its defense budget for the past month. Following this decision, France's defense budget for 2025 will reach 2% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This means 295 billion Euro will spend for defence in seven years by France. After the budget increase, France stepped forward on the Scorpion Program. Through the Scorpion Program, it is planned that the (Groupement Tactique Inter-Armes / GTIA) will increase the number of communications and cooper...
  • Air Force's First Turkish Hürkuş Counting Day
    Air Force's First Turkish Hürkuş Counting Day July 31 2018
    Turkish Aerospace Industries’ (TUSAS) design Hürkuş-B aircraft is counting days to be delivered to the Turkish Air Force. TUSAS production aircraft got its new Turkish Air Force colours before delivery. TUSAS shared first video of this Hürkuş at its official YouTube channel. New colours resemble the first red-white colour which was used on experimental flights. This aircraft’s painting however does not include the old TAI logo, "experimental aircraft" expressio...
  • First Hürkuş Aircrafts Ready
    First Hürkuş Aircrafts Ready June 19 2018
    The first Hürkuş aircrafts to be delivered to the Turkish Air Force unveiled. Following the session organized by TAI facilities and attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, TAI's manufacturing lines were visited along with the participants. Hürkuş B trainers to be delivered to the Turkish Air Force on the production line showed. The first four of the 15 aircrafts to be delivered at the first pack, the scorpion insignia of the 122nd fleet, where they will s...
  • Arquus launched its Scarabée light tactical vehicle
    Arquus launched its Scarabée light tactical vehicle June 16 2018
    Arquus (former Renault Trucks Defence) unveiled the Scarabée: the company’s latest light tactical vehicle. The Scarabée features a monocoque composite armour body with the diesel-engine-based hybrid drive package located at the rear of the vehicle in order to achieve an operational weight of about 8,000 kg, . The cockpit is fully digitised, plug and play, and will feature full connectivity with all other components of the French Army’s ongoing Scorpion modernisa...
  • Jaguar 6x6 Unveiled
    Jaguar 6x6 Unveiled May 18 2018
    A prototype of France's Jaguar 6x6 armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) was unveiled at the Nexter facilities on 16 May. The vehicle was developed jointly by Nexter, Renault Trucks, and Thales under  France's Scorpion multi-role armoured vehicle programme. A total of 248 Jaguars are planned for acquisition by the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA).  Jaguar features a gross weight of 25t and can carry a crew of up to three members. The vehic...
  • 2nd Phase Began in Light Attack Experiment
    2nd Phase Began in Light Attack Experiment May 10 2018
    The US Air Force has launched the second phase of a light attack experiment at Holloman Air Force Base on 7 may which is being conducted to ensure rapid procurement process and to gather additional information about aircraft capabilities, as well as partner nation interoperability, prior to a potential light attack purchase. The Sierra Nevada/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano and Textron Aviation AT-6 Wolverine began an open-ended series of experiments at Holloman AFB.&n...
  • France to Buy 2000 Armored Vehicles
    France to Buy 2000 Armored Vehicles February 14 2018
    France will acquire a fleet of more than 2,000 multi-role light armoured vehicle (Véhicules Blindés Multi-Rôles/VBMR Light) by 2030. Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly announced a contract award to Nexter in co-cooperation with Texelis, during her visit to the company’s industrial facility in Roanne (Loire) on 12 February. This contract, awarded by the Directorate General of Armament (DGA) includes the development, production and support of th...
  • Safran to Lead ‘Furious’ Project
    Safran to Lead ‘Furious’ Project February 1 2018
    Safran Electronics & Defense has won the contract for a major French defense procurement agency DGA (Direction Générale de l'Armement) Science & Technology project, Furious. Covering a period of five years, this project is designed to lay the groundwork for the integration of land robots in French armed forces, as part of the Scorpion modernization program. Safran will call on support from academia as well as the agility of small and medium-size enterprises...
  • Scorpion Will Look For Launch Customer in Dubai
    Scorpion Will Look For Launch Customer in Dubai November 6 2017
    Scorpion light-attack aircraft is set to make a debut appearance at the Dubai air show from 12-16 November.  Online flight tracking services show the twinjet as performing demonstration flights from Tabuk air base in Saudi Arabia on 1-2 November. Textron AirLand conducted the first flight of its production-representative Scorpion in December 2016. As the company seeks for a launch customer, Riyadh appears to be a potential customer.
  • ‘Twin-tailed Scorpion’ Completed Maiden Flight
    ‘Twin-tailed Scorpion’ Completed Maiden Flight October 13 2017
    China's TB001 armed reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has made its maiden flight on 26 September. Chinese company Tengoen had unveiled TB001 ‘Twin-tailed Scorpion’ at the 14th China–Association of Southeast Asian Nations Expo held between 12 to 15 September this year.  The platform has a wingspan of 20 m, a maximum take-off weight of 2 thousand 800 kg, a flight ceiling of 8 thousand m, a maximum range of 6...
  • 'Griffon' ACV At Bastille Day Parade
    'Griffon' ACV At Bastille Day Parade July 17 2017
    France unveilled its new multirole armored vehicle Griffon VBMR to public on July 14 during Bastille Day parade. The vehicle, which is one of the two prototype vehicles undergoing certification tests, has participated the parade in personnel carrier configuration.  The Griffon VBMR is a new development of 6x6 Multi-Role armoured vehicle for the French Army under the program EBMR Scorpion. The vehicle was designed and developed by a consortium of Fr...
  • 'G-CLAW' Engaged Its Target
    'G-CLAW' Engaged Its Target February 17 2017
    Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems announced on February 15th that the precision guided G-CLAW test was successful. Tests against mobile and stationary targets has been performed in October 2016 at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona. The missile was fired from the Cessna Caravan aircraft hit targets within a one-meter circular error probable (CEP). The weapon with GPS assisted inertia navigation system is locked onto the target with semi-active laser (Semi-Active Laser / SAL) s...
  • TAI's New Aircraft
    TAI's New Aircraft January 7 2017
    As The US Air Force (USAF) releases technical documentations regarding its new generation training aircraft, the competitors of the programme became apparent. Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) partnered with US based Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), establishing a joint venture dubbed Freedom Aircraft Ventures LLC, to manufacture training aircraft. C4Defence managed to attain the first drawings of the aircraft to compete in USAF’s T-X Programme. USAF commenced a training aircraft compe...
  • All U.S. Navy F-18s grounded after incident
    All U.S. Navy F-18s grounded after incident December 19 2016
    The U.S. Navy has temporarily grounded all its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler jets after a ground incident at Whidbey Island. According to a release from the USN the aircraft suffered an “on-deck emergency” shortly before take off from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The U.S. Navy Naval Air Forces commander has suspended flight operations after a canopy incident involving an EA-18G from the VAQ-132 “Scorpions”. Since the systems is used by Boeing Super Hor...
  • Firing Tests of 'Scorpion' Completed
    Firing Tests of 'Scorpion' Completed October 21 2016
    Textron AirLand’s Scorpion light attack fighter aircraft conducted its first weapons capability exercise at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico between 10-14 October. During tests Scorpion launched Hydra-70 unguided 2.75 in rockets, the BAE Systems Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System, and Lockheed Martin AGM-114F Hellfire missile.
  • Issue 41 Fair News September 18 2016
    Ultra-Marshall Collaboration L3’s Modern Hercules on its Way to Argentina Hercules Modernisation by Elbit Lockheed Martin in International Market for Black Hawk QinetiQ and Thales’ Choice, Textron AirLand Scorpion Martin-Baker’s Solution for F-35 Seats Sense Vaccine for UAVs by IAI and Honeywell Airbus Concentrates on Civilian Aviation Boeing’s Submarine Venture Belated Conquest b...
  • Sector News / Issue 40 July 24 2016
    Boeing’s Chinook Marathon Kazan Helicopter’s Helicopter to Fly over Serbia A400M Moves on Despite Engine Failure Nexter’s New 40mm Turret TDA Armaments Hits the Target with Aculeus-LG Thales’ Scorpion on Its Way to Korea MBDA Brimstone Passed Apache Trials FNSS Signs Anti-Tank Vehicle Project TAI Owns Two Firms in Germany ADİK Launched Second Ship Meteksan Delivered ANKA...
  • Spain orders 80 Scorpion helmet visors May 12 2016
    Thales announced that Spanish Air Forces (Ejército del Aire) ordered 80 Scorpion helmet visors for pilots of EF-18A fighter. Scorpion provide information about the navigation, the tactical situation and the fight. The system can operate day and night. According Thales, it is particularly useful for identifying targets in a degraded visual environment. The integration of the Scorpion on the equipment of Spanish pilots should start soon this year to continue in 2017. The Spanish Air Fo...
  • USAF in search for a new CAS March 14 2016
    The USAF is in search of a variety of options to replace the A-10 Warthog which was introduced in 1975 for its Close Air Support (CAS) requirements. Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine, Sierra Nevada/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano, and Textron AirLand’s Scorpion existing aircrafts are candidate to CAS aircraft. A study will investigate whether a new clean-sheet design is required. An alternative option could involve a derivative of the T-X Advance Trainer, however with the T-X program not due until 20...